The Man Who Loved Levittown (Hardback)
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The Man Who Loved Levittown (Hardback)

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Hardback 145 Pages / Published: 31/12/1985
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Winner of the 1985 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. This book is characterized by narrative vitality and emotional range. In Wetherell's stories a suburban retiree's assumptions about the ethos of Long Island life are challenged and dismissed by a younger generation, a young English woman achieves miracles by dancing with wounded soldiers during World War II, a tennis-mad bachelor plays an interior game as real to him as an actual match, and a black drifter converts an Asian couple to his bleak vision of American life and finds strange kinship with them.

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
ISBN: 9780822935209
Number of pages: 145
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 241 x 152 x 20 mm


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"Wetherell's fertile imagination brings us an array of struggling characters to laugh about, shiver over and sometimes identify with. . . . The key to Wetherell's narrative success is his masterful use of conflict. It weaves in and out of each story like a fine thread--and catches the reader from start to finish."

--United Press International


"The title story . . . is a brilliantly realized inversion of that old, tired literary maxim: nothing ever happens in the suburbs except another affair, another martini and one more trot around the back nine . . . This is powerful stuff, a brilliant weaving of personal and political themes told in a colloquial voice that is both plaintive and funny and is ultimately haunting."

--New York Times Book Review


"Nearly always, Wetherell makes us care. That's because he refuses to condescend to his characters, because he achieves a voice appropriate to the story and because he has a sure sense of plot. . . . Wetherell writes cleanly and well as though E. B. White, counseling clarity and simplicity, has been peering over his shoulder."

--Newsday

"Original and highly entertaining. Wetherell's characters may be losers, but they're battlers, with a cranky dignity that sets them sharply apart from the spoiled whiners, quitters, and self-indulgent identity-seekers so frequently encountered in today's increasingly anemic fiction."

--Washington Post


"DiMaria's [a character from the title story] solitary battle with his new neighbors is almost epic in scope. He is one of the most forceful and realistic voices I have listened to in recent fiction; in speaking to no one in particular, he speaks to us all . . . Willy Loman with guts."

--The Southern Review

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